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In a world where the mentality seems to be ”work less, yet earn more,” Slipknot have done everything they can to work harder and earn what they deserve, much to the chagrin of their so-called peers, yet to the delight of their fans, known affectionately as the Maggots. The latest culmination of their efforts is Slipknot 9.0: Live, a bludgeoning live double CD of the past three album’s worth of material that captures all of the noise, hatred, intensity, violence, pain, blood and infection that make the maggots swarm.”Most of the people that are going to buy this record are core fans, and normally when they listen to an album, they say: ’Oh, this part is brutal, oh, this is bad-ass.’ And they rewind over parts and sing along,” Crahan explains. ”But I think with this record, they’re going to be very silent because I think they’re going to be painting a picture of us live in their head as they hear it. You’re used to seeing us live, but now you’re hearing it live, so you’re forced to paint the movie in your head, which creates a psychosis – that is what we are doing with rock and roll music.”The 24 recordings on 9.0: Live were made directly from the soundboard in countless cities and capture the immediacy and explosiveness of the Slipknot experience, an experience that took on a new life two years ago. In July of 2003, Slipknot convened in a dilapidated mansion in the Hollywood Hills. By January of 2004, they emerged with Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses, an album that would re-establish them as the premiere hard rock band in the world. And in March of 2004, they set out to remind the world of that by doing what they do best: taking it to the people live – a full-contact concert experience. The album contains blips from the nearly two years of brutal touring the band waded through, rejoicing, suffering, destroying, but most importantly reconnecting as a unit, a family, an unstoppable force that will never be reckoned with, never be duplicated, but always envied.

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  • I think the reason I enjoy Slipknot is the same as why I always look at the five car pile-up accident on the freeway. For some reason, they have the same entertainment value for me. They wear fright masks and wield their instruments like chainsaws, and I can’t NOT look.

    Their new live album is a good value for their fans. What it lacks in production value it makes up for in sheer energy. The percussion is about the best I have ever heard on a live album. The vocals, however, suffer due to the fact that Corey sounds like, …ummm… he is singing while wearing a MASK!

    Gee, I wonder why the studio vocals don’t sound that way? Hmmmm.

    Posted on January 5, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • If you like a certain artist it doesn’t really matter what other people think. Do you ask for their advice at the drive-thru as well? Follow your heart. I love the originality of Slipknot. I have been a metal fan since ‘77. So much garbage comes and goes. The longevity of Slipknot will prove all the critics wrong. Cheers!

    Posted on January 5, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This CD is one of the best live CDs I have ever heard. Slipknot really does know how to entertain an audience and put on a damn good show. I was able to see them live in April. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. If you ever get the chance to see them live, DO IT! But, for now, get this live CD to tide you over till then! Trust me, you won’t regret it!

    Posted on January 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’ll get right to the point: I have rarely enjoyed a live album as much as this one since Pantera’s “Official Live: 101 Proof” was released in 1997. I had seen Slipknot on tour prior to hearing “9.0 Live”, and I was very impressed with their live show, but I had no idea this album would be just as good as being in the stadium with the band. But it is! Live albums sometimes have trouble capturing the great energy and sound quality of the band’s live show, but that sure isn’t a problem here. In fact, “9.0 Live” almost indisputably sounds fuller, heavier, darker, tighter, and louder than most of Slipknot’s live albums (especially compared to their latest studio offering, 2004’s “Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses”). These two discs are literally jam packed with superb, ferocious excitement. This album’s building energy is so present, its almost tangible.

    Furthermore, if you’ve ever had your doubts about Slipknot being good musicians and/or songwriters, you can now (and forever) lay those doubts to rest. The guitarists, Mick Thompson and James Root, thrash away at their instruments, playing riff after blazing riff, and drummer Joey Jordinson, who might be the most talented one in the group, plays very talented, almost punk-ish drum beats which drive the songs. Plus, one might think that having all nine band members playing at the same time would drown out somebody’s playing, but it almost never does. Even the second drummer, Chris Fehn, gets his moment in the spotlight (as in “The Blister Exists” and “Before I Forget”).

    The only foreseeable downside to “9.0 Live” is that some fans may not be able to sit through the whole thing (it is two discs and darn close to being two hours long). But, to be fair, there is a fair share of banter between frontman Corey Taylor and the crowd. Plus, drummer Joey Jordinson does get one whole track to himself (track eleven on the first disc, “Drum Solo” is an interlude of sorts.)

    Every single song on here is executed and performed absolutely perfectly. Some of the songs are even arguably better than the studio version. The first disc begins with a joking, British-sounding voice telling the audience (much to their dismay) “Slipknot will not be performing this evening.” Guitarist Mick, however, then launches into a grinding main riff and the first song, “The Blister Exists”, has begun. This is one of many inspiring songs here which is pulsating with intensity and exhilaration (other songs like this include “(sic)”, “Disasterpiece”, and “Eeyore.”) The catchy songs (“Before I Forget”, which features both guitarists pounding out churning, headbanging riffs, and the careening “Pulse Of The Maggots”) remain catchy, and maybe even have slightly better hooks than the originals. Some other places on the first disc, like during track six (when Corey bellows “It’s time for everyone to jump, come on!”), I could barely control myself from staying in my seat. That song also establishes a good dynamic, because Slipknot played a neck snapper like “Liberate”, but then take things down a notch for a more restrained number, “Vermillion.” Later on, “Purity” (which is actually a rarity which evolved from a Slipknot demo), allows the DJ (Sid Wilson) to shine, because it begins with some good, catchy scratches. “Eyeless” shows off the whole band’s stellar musicianship and willingness to work as a whole. This song is very musically complex, as it begins with some more DJ scratching and boasts a terrific give-and-take between the double bass drumming and scorching riffs.

    Next, for track eleven, Joey turns out a lengthy, multi-speed, polyrhythmic, everything-but-the kitchen-sink drum solo which is pretty darn amazing.

    “The Heretic Anthem”–which begins with a chilling spoken word intro (of the song’s chorus) before turning to heavy, churning riffs and swift, buzzsaw drumming–and an especially vicious rendition of “People=Sh – t” are the two main highlights on the second disc. But they aren’t the only standouts: “Three Nil”, “Everything Ends”, and “Duality” are a couple of the other blistering tracks. Plus, “The Nameless”, which has a great friction between the hard hitting guitars and two acoustic breakdowns, and the punching guitars and emotional, throat-straining yells on “Skin Ticket” (which is actually pulled off, here, quite well for a song Slipknot had never played in concert before), are notable, as well. And the very last song is “the international f – ckin’ anthem” (which is what Corey calls “Surfacing”).

    One might think that, over the course of these twenty-four tracks, the novelty might wear off. But that isn’t true, either! Simply put, “9.0 Live” is a fantastic live album from an absolutely great live band (and great band in general). Definitely buy this album if you’re a Slipknot fan, pop it in your changer, and (as Corey says early on) be “ready to have a f – ckin’ good time”!

    Posted on January 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Now, for every 10 people that love this band, there are 10 that despise them. Isn’t that the great thing about opinions? Well, i’m sure by reviewing this I may be alienating myself from the underground BM scene for which I have loved many years. However, I don’t care. I have been a Slipknot fan since 99. This is easily their best, it seems they are slightly limited in the studio, live though, nothing holds them back. The song’s sound twice as heavy and they did a great job. I have always been a fan of live albumm’s so this was a great suprise. i remember watching the “Disasterpieces” dvd a few years ago and hoping for a live album. I figured if the new album did well, there would be a good chance a live album would appear. Well, i’m sure you know the rest of the story. This is Slipknot. This is live in the eye of the storm.

    Chapter no. 1:

    1. The Blister Exists: After a short intro, the song kicks into full gear and is much heavier than the studio version. Great way to kick off the album. 5/5

    2. (Sic): Classic song from their first album. The drumming is wonderful and it really gets your blood pumping. Exspecially 23 seconds into it when the classic “Here comes the pain.” sample plays. 5/5

    3. Disasterpieces: My favorite Slipknot song ever. “Are you ready for a f**king war?” The song fully kicks in 1 minute into it. Corey’s vocals aren’t as dark as they are on the album but still great. 10/5

    4. Before I Forget: An emotional track. My favorite song off of Vol.3 the live version is as good as the studio one, Corey’s vocals are awesome here. James guitar is even better that the studio 5/5

    5. Left Behind: Lead single off the Iowa album, I would have rather seen “My Plague” rather than this but still a great song. 4.5/5

    6. Liberate: as soon as Mick starts that single riff, you can FEEL the excitement in the crowd, the song does not dissapoint, live version is better than the studio one actually. 5/5

    7. Vermilion: I never was really sure of this song on the Vol. 3 album (part one or two) I t hought there we pretty good but never though that highly of them. However, like many songs they’re actually better live. This is no exception. Corey’s vocal’s are almost spoken word like at the start. Haunting song live. 6/5

    8. Pulse of the Maggots: When I first heard this song a few months prior to the release of Vol. 3 I always thought this would be a song that they would rip up live (in a positive way) they don’t let down. The siren kicks in and Corey’s passionate intro/speech. Then Chris, Clown and Joey kick in with their drumming. A song to get hte blood pumping.

    9. Purity: “This next song…is about a girl in a box” On the first version of the “Slipknot” album. My second favorite Slipknot song ever. A truly dark and gritty song. Great live as well. One of the best here. 10/5

    10. Eyeless: Another classic track from their first album, 133’s influences really shine here. 4.5/5

    11. Drum Solo: A long solo from Joey. Showing how great of a drummer he is. I mean, if he could fill in for Frost during Satyricon’s American tour, I would not exspect anything less.4/5

    12. Eeyore: Hidden track from their first album. A song that just crushes, a mosh pit anthem at Slipknot shows. A good way to finsih off the first disk. Some of the most distorted guitar’s Slipknot has ever used. 4.5/5

    Chapter no. 2:

    1. Three Nil: Definetly a favorite of mine off Vol. 3. This song builds into a giant. Sid shines here. 4.5/5

    2. the Nameless: I always enjoyed this track and it is actually better live too. The clean guitar portions are very emotional and so are Corey’s vocals. One of the highlights off disk 2. A good suprise 5/5

    3. Skin Ticket: a song Slipknot NEVER played live before. Corey even announces they have never done it live vefore and it may be a “train wreck” it isn’t though. It loses some of the atmosphere the studio version has. Still great though. Anything but a train wreck. 5/5

    4. Everything Ends: Another track I didn’t exspect to hear. A fast paced song, with lyrics regarding Corey’s attempted suicide as a teen over you guessed it….an ex-girlfriend. Joey does an incredible job here. Corey has a great “speech” at the end of this song. 4.5/5

    5. The Heretic Anthem: A true “anthem” from the “Iowa” album. has the o so classic chorus. Another song which is better live. Corey’s “speech” in the previous song is actually refering to this one. 5/5

    6. Iowa: Geez, does Paul do a great job here. I love his bass here. A classic song, which is actually suprising to hear live. One of the darkest songs Slipknot has to offer. The atmosphere is still here. 5/5

    7 Duality: Lead single off of Vol.3 Corey’s vocals in the intro always remidned me of “Wait & Bleed” crowd really gets into this one. 5/5

    8. Spit it out: Actually, my favorite song off this album. So much better than the studio version. Few songs get me as pumped as “Spit it Out” live does. The studio version is about 2:30 minutes the live version is 5:29. The whole “Zero Bulls**t” thing is great. This is the song with the most crowd interaction. 25/10.

    9. People = S**t: One of the most “fist pumping” song’s off “Iowa” is even more intense live. One of the heaviest song’s here. 5/5.

    10. Get This: Lyric wise, a joke song. Off the “Slipknot” digi-pack. Hyper and fun is the best way to describe this. 4/5

    11. Wait and Bleed: more haunting vocals from Corey. Classic song and beautiful lyrics. The crowd is singing along the whole time. 6/5

    12. Surfacing: Classic live song. Also, the perfect closing song. Between the lovable angst in the chorus to Mick’s screeching guitar. A memorable end to a memorable album. 5/5

    So, in conclusion. This is one of my favorite live album’s as well as my favorite Slipknot album. If you love slipknot, get this know. They’re not called one of the best live acts ever for nothing.

    Posted on January 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now